In the UK we British often think that the Queen and her entourage are no more than figure heads for the country. They may have some power but in reality the government and House of Lords rule the day,
Now that the UK has an Information Commissioner and Freedom of Information Act we are often treat to what in the past has been well kept secrets. It looks like a decision by this Commissioner could reveal what new laws Senior British Royals have prevented.
In truth most of us have known that the Royals have a tighter grip on affairs than once thought. That is a bad thing when you consider they are none elected individuals who have plenty of vested interests to protect.
They spend a great deal of time and money attempting to be "of the people" and keep their adoring fans. Yes there are still plenty of those around. However the news that some Royals interfere in government is not good. It harks back to the dark ages or restrictive Communist regimes and the like. A Free Country? Well relatively so but not wholeheartedly.
A request has been made under the British Freedom of Information Act and it is now up to the Information Commissioner to respond. Already the Cabinet Office has indicated that it may appeal the decision. Now what have they all got to hide?
According to the Independent "The Cabinet Office has been told to hand over papers which guide ministers on when and how to consult the Queen and Prince Charles over new laws."
Perhaps the Royals, notably Prince Charles, are reluctant to release the relevant papers as included in them are questions regarding the Duchy of Cornwall from which the Prince derives a £17m annual private income.
The Palace insists that the affair is a government matter, so does that mean that no Royal is applying pressure to suppress the Cabinet papers?
Opinion: It is becoming widely believed that an "Elite" control the lives of the masses, namely us. Transparency in British Government and the Palace needs to be the order of the day. When Government is beginning to cut people's standards of living it would be nice to know who agreed such changes. It would also be nice to know just how much said people live on.
Much as the Coalition want to take us back to the Dark Ages we are not prepared to let them.
Will they attempt to repeal the Freedom of Information Act? Watch this space.
Based in Yorkshire, in the middle of the UK, almost, this blogger offers her own unique perspective on life in GB
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